Free shark sem­i­nar on blood loss

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - De­clan Bush

Res­i­dents can learn how to help shark at­tack vic­tims at a free sem­i­nar at the Mar­garet River Zone Room next Satur­day.

Surfer Greg Bald­win has planned the sem­i­nar with his friend, Perth doctor and surfer Si­mon Smith, to teach oth­ers how to treat se­vere blood loss in a re­mote set­ting.

Mr Bald­win said al­most 100 peo­ple had shown in­ter­est via so­cial me­dia.

“Peo­ple just want to know what to do in case some­thing hap­pens,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple have friends or fam­ily mem­bers that surf, (and) it would just be nice to know what to do in that sit­u­a­tion.” Dr Smith worked in emer­gency medicine in Man­durah and said he had been in­volved with Surf Life Sav­ing WA for “a number of years”.

“I’ve had a bit to do with a few of the shark at­tack vic­tims here in WA,” he said.

Dr Smith said he would teach peo­ple how to make a shark at­tack vic­tim safe, stop bleed­ing us­ing a tourni­quet, and en­sure blood flowed to the brain.

“If they don’t do those ba­sic things, it’s point­less bring­ing them to hospi­tal,” he said.

Dr Smith said the steps taught would be sim­ple and rel­e­vant to keep­ing peo­ple alive.

Mr Bald­win said he hoped res­i­dents would learn skills to use in an emer­gency. “If it just saves one life, it’s worth putting it on,” he said.

Res­i­dents can RSVP for the 4pm-6pm work­shop via the Se­vere blood loss sem­i­nar with Dr Si­mon Smith Face­book event page, with lim­ited spots avail­able.

Pic­ture: De­clan Bush

Greg Bald­win hopes res­i­dents will at­tend the se­vere blood loss sem­i­nar on June 3 at the Mar­garet River Zone Room.

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